Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Civil Society Organisations in The Gambia
The pandemic affected the funding of Gambian CSOs in many ways with 44% reporting delayed or reduced funding from donors. This notwithstanding, the study found that the COVID-19 pandemic has no significant impact on CSO-donor relations as the majority (43%) of CSOs consider donors to be flexible with regards to their needs.
The majority of CSOs revealed that the current situation makes them feel distressed over their long-term sustainability. CSOs are not so optimistic about the effects of COVID-19 on the overall sustainability of the CSO sector with 94 % (50% to a very high extent) having this feeling. Nevertheless, the majority of the sampled CSOs (81%) reported that they had adopted the strategy of working in partnership where they actively collaborate with other CSOs in mitigating the effects of COVID-19.
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